There’s nothing better than spending your weekend sipping on some of the best wine in Florida. Whether it’s a night out with friends or a family gathering, grabbing a glass of wine and a bite to eat is even better at one of the amazing wineries in and around Jacksonville. Whether you are living near the area, vacationing, or looking for houses for rent in Jacksonville, you’ll never run out of things to do in this thriving coastal town. If you’re ready to try some of the best wine Jacksonville has to offer, grab some friends or family members and head to one of these terrific spots.
San Sebastian Winery
Saint Augustine, FL
At the San Sebastian Winery, you’ll find some of the best wines in all of Florida. Located in downtown St. Augustine, about 45 minutes from Jacksonville, San Sebastian serves over 160,000 visitors each year, offering everything from sweet white wines to fruity reds and everything in between. Just as special as the wines, the winery lives in one of Henry Flagler’s old East Coast Railway buildings. It’s worth a trip just to take a look at this historic building that dates all the way back to 1923.
If you live in or around Florida, you may have even tasted San Sebastian wines before—they are located at over 1,500 shops throughout Florida and Georgia. If not, what are you waiting for? Sign up for a tour today and find out.
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants
Cooper’s Hawk is both a winery and a delicious restaurant, specializing in wine and food pairings. At Cooper’s Hawk, they make sure that every dish is made from scratch with fresh ingredients—and their wine selection is just as impressive. With many locations around the country, you’d think this spot might have that “big chain” feel, but the environment at Cooper’s Hawk feels like a homey local spot, thanks in part to a truly kind and dedicated staff. Check the reviews yourself, and you’ll find that the real thing that makes Cooper’s Hawk special is their people.
Flagler Beachfront Winery
Flagler Beach, FL
About an hour down the coast from Jacksonville you’ll find Flagler Beach, a cute little beach town with retro vibes. Unlike a lot of Florida, Flagler Beach seems untouched by the hands of time, and locals prefer it that way. If you’re visiting Flagler Beach, you need to try the delicious wine at Flagler Beachfront Winery.
The winery makes all their wine on site. They offer wine in a variety of forms—glasses, bottles, tastings, even slushies! One of their latest additions is a “wine machine,” which dispenses the perfect blend for you every time. They also offer a vast selection of charcuterie platters, perfect for sharing with friends and family. If you’re looking for a great destination for a weekend trip not too far from Jacksonville, this is your spot.
Bluefield Estate Winery
It might be a bit of a hike, but if you’re traveling to the Gainesville area, just over an hour from Jacksonville, Bluefield Estate Winery is the place to go for dinner and drinks. Here, their specialty is blueberries, and if you’re a huge fan of the fruit like I am, you’ll LOVE their blueberry wine. It’s a totally unique blend unlike anything you’ve ever tried.
You can also try a vast selection of other wines cooked up by owners Jennifer and Bradley Ferguson, who began making wine in their kitchen in the mid-2000’s and turned that passion into a successful business. Make sure to stop by in the summer months just as the blueberries are ready to harvest. You can take a basket home for yourself to turn into a pie or blueberry pancakes for the family.
Log Cabin Winery
Log Cabin Winery has a history that dates back over 75 years. Located along St. John’s River, this winery has delicious wine available for tasting and purchasing by the bottle, but it’s about more than that—it’s the whole experience. The Winery sits atop land that was once used to grow orange groves and grain back in the 1800’s and stepping onto the property truly feels like taking a step back in time. To hear more about the history of this area, visit Log Cabin and chat with one of the friendly staff members.